civ·​il·​ly ˈsi-və(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio)
: in terms of civil rights, law, or matters
civilly dead
: in a civil manner : politely

Examples of civilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the civilly committed patients who have a history of aggression, the criminal defendants place significant stress on the hospitals that accept them. Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 On Tuesday, Republicans rejected several Democratic attempts to amend the bill, including requiring teachers to keep their handguns locked up except during a school security breach, holding teachers civilly liable for using their handgun on campus and informing parents when guns are on campus. Melissa Brown, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 Thankfully things didn't escalate beyond a scoff in this case, but what should a traveler do in a similar situation to handle a pushy fellow passenger civilly? Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 Two years later, he was found civilly liable for wrongful death in the double homicide case. Doha Madani, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 During that time, Simpson was found civilly liable for the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victims’ families. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Munoz was civilly committed to Coalinga State Hospital for treatment and petitioned to be released under supervision in 2021 — a request Judge Gill granted. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 Tanner Whitmarsh, 30, and Trevor Whitmarsh, 25, were charged civilly for unfair business practices and agreed to a fine of $60,000 each. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Second, pass a law that if there’s evidence that the data goes to China, then Oracle and TikTok would be held liable, civilly or criminally. ABC News, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of civilly was in the 15th century

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“Civilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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civ·​il·​ly ˈsiv-ə(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio)
: in a civil manner : politely

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